The Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Mets for the World Series crown in the early hours of November 2nd, which means it’s officially the offseason for every team in baseball. The first official week of the offseason is usually one of the busiest where teams re-negotiate with their players that are coming off the books and when they offer qualifying offers with hopes of obtaining a draft pick should their former players sign elsewhere. Here’s what’s happening over the first official week of the offseason.
November 6: It’s the deadline for teams to make qualifying offers to their impending free agents. This year, the qualifying offer is slated to be around $15.8 Million but no one has ever taken a qualifying offer deal.
The Yankees have three players that are slated to become free agents–four if neither Brendan Ryan or the Yankees pick up their mutual option for the 2016 season: Stephen Drew, Chris Young and Chris Capuano. While Young was a good back-up outfielder last season, it’s possible the Yankees might not offer him a qualifying offer in case he takes it; $15.8 Million is too much money for a fourth outfielder. However, since he’s their most valuable free agent, the Yankees could possibly offer a qualifying offer to him and obtain a draft pick should he sign with another team. Stephen Drew and Chris Capuano most likely won’t get one due to their poor 2015 campaigns.
November 7: Players can officially negotiate with any other team.
I doubt the Yankees are going to be in the re-negotiation stage with any of their three free agents before Saturday, and by the time the deadline rolls around, they will most likely let them venture onto the free agent market.
November 9 – 12: GM Meetings in Boca Raton, Florida
All 30 GM’s could possibly meet up to begin framework for potential trades. Brian Cashman said he’s interested in a right-handed bat along with relief for the bullpen, and it’s entirely possible he goes to the GM Meetings with hopes of bolstering the Yankees roster by dealing a few players.